HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY 2013!!!
Today, women around the world celebrate their lives, and the lives of the brave women that came before, and make a path for all us to follow.
We proudly salute those women who have sacrificed so much throughout history, all because they were fearless believers of equality for all mankind.
We raise our voices in celebration and in support of women struggling around the world for equality, justice, and dignity for all!!!
Haitian Flag Day!
A day of National Pride & Reflection
In October of 1802, the two most important leaders of the fight for independence of Haiti from Slavery, Jean Jacques Dessalines, and Alexandre Petion agreed to consolidate, and unify their forces against the Napoleon army.
During the meeting, also known as the famous congress of Archahaie, Dessalines ordered the White color be taken out of the tricolor flag (french Flag) they were using at that time.
Catherine Flon, a young woman, and God-daughter of Jean Jacques Dessalines sewed the remaining colors, blue & red, together to create the very first Haitian flag; the bicolor representing the unity between the blacks, and the mixed colored, known as mulattoes.
Each year, Haitian Flag day, is celebrated on May 18th as a national Holiday in Haiti with colorful parades, and fanfares, and in many communities in the Haitian diaspora around the world.
We, at haitianwomennetwork.org, wants to celebrate the great contributions of great Haitian women like Sanite Belair, Defile, Catherine Flon, in the fight for our freedom, and the creation of our nation.
We want to stress on the need to join the current fight for women rights, and human decency in Haiti. We know from our ancestor's clear example, that only when we all join the fight; men, and women in unity, we can really do big things, and move Haiti to the next level of greatness.
We also know that we cannot move this nation forward without clear recognition of equal opportunity, equal rights for for women; the very pilars of todays Haitian society .
As you celebrate this day, please take a minute to reflect on the plight of young Haitian girls, and Women in Haiti.
For all the great Leaders of the Haitian Women Movement; Anne Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin, and the thousands that died with them on January 12, 2010,may your memories continue to inspire women in Haiti, and around the world till the day when women and men side by side enjoy the glory of equality.
"Women Rights are Human Rights"
Every year, millions of Haitian all over the world celebrate Independence Day on the first day of the new year.
It's hard to believe that this tiny Caribbean country has been one of the oldest independent nations in the new world, second only to the United States of America. It was in fact on January 1 , 1804 that the inhabitants of the Island of Hispaniola, now Haiti, for the most part African slaves brought to the Americas, took arms and fought the powerful army of Napoleon, in a definite victory that shocked the entire world, and declare Haiti an independent state.
The first black nation of the new world, soon after found itself the perfect target of attacks by major armies of the world, and forced to fight off invading forces, and later paid huge indemnities that quickly depleted their national treasury; meanwhile neglecting to develop their own economy.
In the early 1900, the new nation of Haiti suffered two invasions by its most powerful neighbor, the United States of America, and each time the new occupiers ransacked the national bank, destroyed the existing national institutions, and installed puppet governments to further their own interests.
Haiti went through a succession of despotic and anti-democratic governments that further destroyed the national economy. The most recent, is the 30- year brutal dictatorship of first Francois Duvalier, and later his son, Jean-Claude Duvalier. The latter was pushed out of power by a popular revolt, and later the rise of the very first democratic government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide; a social activist priest who embraced the popular Latin American theology of liberation.
The Aristide government attracted many prominent haitians in major diasporas of the world, including the United states, Canada, France, etc,....The surprising overthrow of Aristide's government and eventual exile of the popular "Lavalas" leader, orchestrated by none other than the United States of America, throws one more monkey wrench in the fight of the Haitian people for basic human rights.
Despite the short lived democratic experience of Haiti, and the many criticisms of Aristide which came from both outside, and within the government, many believed that the Haitian people had made some gains, including a structure in the government to adress women issues; a Ministry of women's Affairs. Unfortunately, discrimimatiom against women is deep seeded in the Haitian culture, and would need more than just a mere building to eradicate.
Today, almost two years after the devastating Earthquake that killed thousands, made millions more homeless, the installation of a new government, the promises of aid by major countries around the world, and the implimentation of a national recontruction program, the people of Haiti is still fighting for the basic rights that each and every human being on this planet is entittled to; the right to food, to shelter, and to basic healthcare.
The Haitian Women Network Organization salutes the courage of Haitian women, true pillars of Haitian society, and renew its commitment to continue advocate for justice, and equality for all in 2012!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD BY JOINING OUR CAUSE!
Celebrating 100 years of International Women's Day!
This year,2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day.
A celebration around the world of the beauty of women,the many
achievements, the challenges yet to be met, and the homage of those who came before us, and paved the way leading up to this glorious day.
Today, many more women are involved in the political system to change their world to a better and just society.
In Haiti, the women of SOFA, KAY FAMN, and many others...fought to bring awareness to stop the violence against women, by forcing the creating of new laws in favor of the rights of women, firmly creating a space in government for women; a Ministry of Women's affairs & Women's rights (Ministere a la condition Feminine et aux droits de la femme), an accomplishment that rival some of the most affluent countries in the world.
The Haitian Women mouvement, unfortunately has met with stiff resistance, like the haitian saying " Laws are written on papers..." ( la lwa se papye depi'l mouye l-chire"...). In fact laws are only good if they are inforced, and respected.
Through the years no efforts have been made by the many governments of Haitito inforce the laws that are already in books, to prevent violence against women.
After the Earthquake, Haitian women seeing an escallation of rapes, and other types of volence, coupling with a bogus election, and an incapacited justice system with no end in sight.
We areseeing a total degradation of the fabric of the Haitian society, where the vast majority of the populationis fighting for basic rights; food, shelter, protection...and whereviolence against women are blatantly dismissed.
Though most recognized the role of Haitian Women as the sytemic force of economic growth in the country, women are practically absent in the big debate on the "reconstruction plan". Potentially missingthe boat once more to create a sustainable economic development plan, that would allow both women, and men of Haiti a chance to take a leap into the future as equal partners.
Haitian Women Network recognizes this day as a milestone in the fight for equality for women around the world, and will continue to advocate forRights and Dignity of Haitian Women.
"Dwa Fanm Se Dwa Tout Moun"
HAITIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
INDEPENDENCE, SOVEREIGNTY & NEW YEAR'S DAY
HEROES & ANCESTRY DAY
FLAG DAY & UNIVERSITY DAY
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DESSALINES
ALL SAINTS DAY
ALL SOULS DAY
BATTLE OF VERTIERES, & ARMED FORCES DAY
DISCOVERY OF HAITI
At Haitian Women Network, we are working to bring the plight of Haitian Women, and girls to the world through advocacy, education, and support.
We work directly with Women Organizations inside Haiti in support of their struggles, and their work, to uplift Haitian Women, and girls.
We are building a support network by reaching out to Haitians in the diaspora, in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
We urge all our visitors to take a few minutes to join our growing network of young supporters, on facebook Thank you!
"Bouch an bouch, yonn di lot"
Sanite Belair -Bicentennial-2004
Suzanne Belair known as Sanite Belair, one of the heroes of the Haitian Revolutin, was born in 1781 an 'affranchi' (emancipated slave) in Verrettes, Haiti. She was a freedom fighter, and a revolutionary sergeant in the army of Toussaint Louverture.
She married brigade commander, and later, general Charles Belair in 1796.
Captured by General Charles Leclerc'S army in 1905, Sanite Belair's husband, Charles decided to give himself up rather then separated from his wife.
Both sentenced to death, Sanite watched Charles execution, as he calmly asked her to die bravely. In one of the most poignant moment in the Haitian Revolution period, Sanite later refuse to be blindfolded for decapitation, as was the practice at that time for females, and was killed by firing squad just like her husband.
Catherine Flon, is said to have been the God-daughter of Jean Jacques Dessalines. She was at the crucial meeting between Dessalines and Petion to unify their armies which lead to the historic victory of the slaves against the famous Napoleon army. It's at that meeting in Archahaie, that a young Catherine Flon sewed the first flag of the new nation, the bi-color blue and red to symbolize unity between the blacks, and the mulattoes. The Haitian commemorate their bicentennial, by putting a picture of Catherine Flon on a Haitian 10-Gourdes bank note.
*Our Logo is a painting depicting Catherine Flon, by the contemporary Haitian female artist, Clunie Damus.
Anacarona was born in Yarague, modern day Leogane. The only female cacique or chief. She was one of the two highest caciques, or chiefs that ruled theentire island of Hispaniola untill the spanish invade the new world. She was also admired, and celebrated as a poet, a composer of gteat ballads and narrative poems, calledareítos.
Also known as Golden Flower, Anacarona died in 1504 in Santo Domingo.
You can do something, please join our "Make Noise" campaign, and support Women Rights in Haiti. Join Us!
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS..
Right to live, exist
Right to have a family
To own property
To Free Speech
The right to Safety
The right to Equality
The right to a Fair Trial
To be a Citizen of a Country
The right to Express his or her Sexual Orientation
To keep one's own Gender Identity
To Seek Asylum
To Think Freely
To Believe and Practice the Religion of one's Choice
To Peacefull Protets
To Health care (Medical care)Education
To Communicate through a Language
Not be Forced into Marriage.
FAMOUS HAITIAN WOMEN
-Garcelle Beauvais, model/actress
-Dawn Richard, singer
-Lela Rochon, actress (film Waiting to Exhale)
-Edwidge Danticat. author
-Gabrielle Casseus, actress
-Vanessa Williams, actress
(not the singer, played in Soul Food)
-Marjorie Vincent, Miss America-1991
-Josephine Premice, actress
-Michelle Voltaire Marcelin, Actress
-Elizabeth Clarisse Lange, Freed slave who first migrated to Cuba then to Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, she founded the first Catholic school for black children, the St. Francis Academy. Today, she is also being considered for canonization by the Vatican
-Patricia Benoit, Filmmaker & author, her works include Stones in the Sun".
-Dr. Rose Marie Toussaint, one of only two liver transplant surgeon in the world.
-Michaelle Jean, Governor-General of Canada
-Nadege Auguste, actress
-Dayana Bennett, news anchor/actress
-Daphnee Duplaix Samuel, actress
-Regine Chassagne, singer and multi-instrumentalist for the Arcade Fire
-Susan Fales-Hill, actress/television producer (The Cosby Show)
-Marlie Hall, television hostess
-Trina McGee-Davis, actress (Boy Meets World)
-Josephine Premice, theatrical actress (Mother of Susan Fales-Hill)
-Rose Pierre-Louis, Highest ranking politician of Haitian ancestry in New York City
In the Spotlight!
Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen (SOFA)
-One of the largest Women Organization in Haiti, with over 5,000 members and counting...
-With 21 safe houses across Haiti, for women traumatized by violence, and rape.
-In collaboration with local schools, SOFA introduced programs on Women's Rights, and on Violence Against Women in their curriculum.
-Fought to include a Women Ministry in the government system of Haiti.
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SOFA march on Women's Day!